transportation

From Busan to Jeju Island By Ferry

We got a lot of questions from the hostel guests that what are the options to travel to Jeju Island from Busan? You can choose to either travel by flight and ferry.


Taking a plane from Busan airport is rather convenient but expensive. Hence, a lot of budget travelers choose to take a ferry instead.  Even though it takes approximately 12 hours (as it is an overnight ferry), but it is comparably cheap and more comfortable than expected.

10 Things South Korea Does Faster

One of the first Korean words I learned after my arrival to the peninsula was bbali (빨리). Meaning "fast," it's a term used frequently and, in my opinion, perfectly summarizes the entire country in two syllables. After all, the nation rose from the ashes of the Korean War in a mere six decades to become one of the world's greatest economies. In general, Koreans do a lot of things fast. Here's 10 of them, in no particular order.

Transportation

Budget Travel Tip: Gangwon Shuttle Service

Traveling in Korea doesn't have to break the bank. It's also easier than one might imagine, even for foreigners. Especially for foreigners.

In an effort to increase tourism in their regions, many provincial governments have begun to offer special services to international guests. Lucky us! One such example is the Gangwon Shuttle Service sponsored by Gangwon Province. This shuttle bus is a great way for foreigners to experience Korea's most breathtaking natural landmarks as well as some of its best festivals.



A Seoul Spring on the Han

Something about being near water is simply relaxing. When the weather finally agrees to reward Seoul, Korea with a mild and sunny day after a brutally long winter people tend to flock to the Han River. Here are 10 ways to enjoy the river in the coming months.

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photo credit: my cool friend James

1) Banpo Bridge


This Time Next Week

It’s hard to believe that a week from now Christmas will be finished for another year, and I will be in Siem Reap enjoying my winter vacation.

Right now I’m feeling stressed and overwhelmed both at work and at home.  I have a lot on my plate at school, and then on top of it I have a vacation coming up that I’m really looking forward to, but haven’t really prepared for.  I like to plan things.  I really like to plan my trips to places, and I’ve been so busy lately that I think this might be one of the most unplanned trips I’ve ever taken.

It currently seems like my To Do Lists have To Do Lists, I’ve hardly even thought about packing, but ready or not I am getting on a plane Saturday to go explore what Cambodia has in store for me.  I will also admit that I’m really bad at letting other people help me, and/or asking for help, so part of it is my own fault.


All Aboard the Korean Wine Train

Recently, I signed on to film an episode of "Top 10 Korea" with Arirang TV.  I've spent the past few weekends traveling to destinations around Korea that have some sort of relation to railroads, the theme of the episode.  I'm positively certain that I will end up looking like an idiot on international television, but despite that, it has been a really fun experience so far.

The Time Travel of Travel

While I was away exploring some of Korea’s islands the last few days, my friend Sam and I had a conversation about travel that got me thinking.

Some travels almost feel like time travel and some days just feel like they have more hours poured into them than others.  I felt this way when I got back from Japan and really had a chance to look at the pictures I had taken of my trip.


Sporting a Free Scooter

Ever since I arrived in Korea I wanted to get a scooter.  Just to get around for shopping and to get back and forth to school.  I think all schools in Korea are build up on a steep hill.  I don't know if this is to "build character" in students - to get them mentally tough before they even get to class, or if it's something else.  Judging by the "No Pain, No Gain" sign leading into the English classroom at my school, it makes me wonder if I'm right about building character.

Income and Expenses of an ESL Teacher in South Korea

Before I came to Korea, I always wondered what the real financial situation would be like.  I heard varying stories, but by and large I always heard that people could live cheaply and save some money.  Now that I'm closing out my first year I can actually speak to what income and expenses for the average ESL teacher will be like.  I also made a 2 part video on my Youtube Channel that also breaks down the basics of what my own personal finances are like.
 

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It's Not in the Basement of the Alamo!

Today was a practically perfect day!

I got to play hostess to my awesome friend Ahnna on her trip down to Busan.
I bought some new perfume.
Had a great lunch with Ahnna, did a bit of window shopping.  


Oh yeah, and I bought a bike!


I bought a bike and I biked all over my neighborhood and even to the beach. 





Isn't she cute?

I feel like PeeWee I love her so much!

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